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Mario Botta, born on April 1st, 1943, in Mendrisio, Switzerland, initially trained as a technical draftsman before pursuing studies at the Liceo Artistico in Milan. In 1965, he enrolled at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura in Venice, where he completed his degree in 1969. During this period, Botta gained valuable experience as an assistant to renowned architects Le Corbusier and Louis I. Kahn.

In 1970, Botta established his own architectural practice in Lugano, Switzerland. Guided by a philosophy of historical determinism, he views architecture as a reflection of its time and is deeply interested in the study of human habitats throughout history. Botta's works consistently display a reverence for the natural landscape and regional aesthetics, while his designs emphasize meticulous craftsmanship and geometric order.

Due to his endeavors to reconcile traditional architectural symbolism with the principles of the Modern Movement, Botta is often associated with the Italian neo-rationalist group known as the Tendenza. While he has undertaken various projects, including single-family houses, Botta sees the single-family house as encompassing the challenges and goals inherent to the broader discipline of architecture. Throughout his career, his work has gained international recognition, receiving prestigious awards and featuring in numerous exhibitions and publications.

In 1996, Botta co-founded the Academy of Architecture at the Università della Svizzera Italiana in Mendrisio, where he continues to teach and has held positions of leadership. His unwavering commitment to his profession and education, his involvement as chairman of the BSI Architectural Foundation award jury, and his ongoing contribution to the realization of the Theatre of Architecture all reflect his dedication to sharing his knowledge and passion for his chosen field.


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